German Olympic Trials Day 2 finals live recap

by Daniela Kapser 22

April 17th, 2021 Europe, International, News

2021 GERMAN OLYMPIC TRIALS – BERLIN

The second of three days of the German Olympic qualification started in the morning with an event section of only 50 minutes. Only German swimmers who belong to the national squads and fulfill a mandatory time can participate at this meet. This requirement is intended to keep the number of participants as small as possible due to the Corona pandemic. There is one special regulation at the event: the Syrian swimmers Yusra Mardini and Alaa Maso are supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with scholarships and are thus considered candidates for the refugee team, which was allowed to participate for the first time in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in 2016. The IOC Executive Board will decide in June which of the 55 scholarship holders will compete in Tokyo from July 23. Both are eligible to start in Berlin even if they are not members of a German national squad. Mardini and Maso live and train in Germany.

No German swimmer managed to break an Olympic standard in prelims. Damian Wierling came very close to the target time in the 100 m freestyle in 48,67, missing it by only 0,17 seconds. He and the other finalists in the 100m freestyle are also fighting for a spot in the 4x100m freestyle relay tonight. The rules for the selection of the relay swimmers are that only the fastest performances achieved in a final will be used. Preliminary performances don’t count.

In the women’s 100m freestyle prelims, Annika Bruhn was the only one to swim under 55 seconds. Bruhn’s 54.97 is 0.87 seconds over the standard. Two women have already broken the 400m freestyle standard in previous Olympic qualifying events: Isabel Gose and Leonie Kullmann. In the men’s event, Florian Wellbrock, Lukas Märtens and Henning Mühlleitner dipped under the German Olympic standard. But only the two fastest are allowed to start in Tokyo. So far, Florian Wellbrock showed the best performance in 3:44.77 ahead of Lukas Märtens (3:45.29). Wellbrock is already qualified for the 800 and 1500 m freestyle, and he will also compete in the 10 km Olympic Open Water event. With such a demanding program, the question is whether he wants to compete in the 400 m.

 

Women’s 100m FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • German National Record  – Britta Steffen, 52.07
  • German OLY QT – 54.10

TOP 4

  1. Annika Bruhn 53.93
  2. Lisa Höpink 54.65
  3. Marie Pietruschka 54.73
  4. Hannah Küchler 54.88

Annika Bruhn broke the Olympic standard in 53.96 in the A-final. She stayed under 54 seconds for the first time. Lisa Höpink finished behind her in a new personal best time of 54.65, followed by Marie Pietruschka in 54.73 and Isabel Gose in 54.96. Isabel Gose set a new German national age group record for the 19-year-olds, but this time was improved in the B-final by Hannah Küchler to 54.88. The record was previously held since 2006 by Daniela Götz with 55 seconds. Küchler thus ousted Gose from the TOP 4 relay spots. Fastest in the C-fnal was Julia Mrozinski in 55.37.

Men’s 100m FEESTYLE  – FINAL

  • German National Record  – Marco di Carli, 48.24
  • German OLY QT – 48.50

TOP 4

  1. Damian Wierling 48,48
  2. Marius Kusch 48,91
  3. Christoph Fildebrandt 49,05
  4. Josha Salchow 49,09

In the morning Damian Wierling was very close to the Olympic standard of 48.50 with his time of 48.67. His personal best stands at 48.35. In tonight’s A-final, Damian Wierling undercut the standard time by 0.02 seconds and hit the wall first in 48.48. Butterfly specialist Marius Kusch achieved the second fastest time in 48.91 ahead of Christoph Fildebrand in 49.05 and Josha Salchow in 49,09.

 

Women’s 200m BUTTERFLY – FINAL

The 200m butterfly final was a one-woman show by Franziska Hentke. The 31-year-old is already qualified for the Olympics. She set her German record in 2015. In 2017 she won the silver medal at the World Championships in Budapest in 2:05.39. Today she achieved a time of 2:09.68.

 

Men’s 200m BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • German National Record  – David Thomsberger, 1:55.04
  • German OLY QT – 1:56.30 (standard has been reached by:  David Thomasberger 1:55.04)

Ramon Klenz also was the one-man-show. Ramon Klenz was the previous record holder with a best time of 1:55.76, so the Olympic standard of 1:56.30 would be within his reach. Unfortunately, he missed the Olympic qualifying time by 0.34 seconds, he was clocked at 1:56.64. David Thomasberger took the German record from Klenz  two weeks ago and cracked the German standard. He set a new German record in 1:55.04 and is pre-qualified for the Olympics.

 

Women’s 400m IM – FINAL

  • German National Record – Petra Schneider, 4:36,10
  • German OLY QT – 4:38,40
  1. Kim Herkle, 4:41,76
  2. Giulia Goerigk, 4:42,97

Only two young ladies competed in the 400 m medley. 19-year-old Giulia Goerigk was in front for the first 200 metres, then Kim Herkle passed her and took the win. Herkle set a new personal best time in 4:41,46. Also Goerigk was able to improve her lifetime best.

 

Men’s 400m FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • German National Record  – Paul Biedermann 3:40,07
  • German OLY QT – 3:46.40 (standard has been reached by: Henning Mühlleitner  3:45.55, Florian Wellbrock 3:44.77, Lukas Märtens 3:45.29)

TOP 3

  1. Florian Wellbrock 3:44,36
  2. Lukas Märtens 3:44,86
  3. Henning Mühlleitner 3:45,36

The three men gave each other nothing in the final and delivered an exciting race. Over the entire distance, they were always only a few tenths apart. Florian Wellbrock was once again the winner ahead of Lukas Märtens and Henning Mühlleitner. Lukas Märtens achieved a new personal best time in 3:44,86  and moves up to 7th place in the world rankings. Henning Mühlleitner also improved his previous best to 3:45.36.

Wellbrock is already qualified for the 800 and 1500 m freestyle, and he will also compete in the 10 km Olympic Open Water event. With such a demanding program, the question is whether he wants to compete in the 400 m. Henning Mühlleitner would only get the spot at the Olympic Games if Wellbrock would renounce. Lukas Märtens ducked under the German Olympic norms in the  200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle.

 

1 Elijah
Winnington
AUS 3:43.90 12/14 2020 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brisbane, AUS
2 Jack
McLoughlin
AUS 3:44.24 12/14 2020 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brisbane, AUS
3 Florian
Wellbrock
GER 3:44.35 04/10 2021 Madgeburg German Olympic Qualifier
Madgeburg, GER
4 Felix
Auboeck
AUT 3:44.51 04/08 2021 Swim Open Stockholm
Stockholm, SWE
5 Gabriele
Detti
ITA 3:44.65 03/31 2021 Italian Olympic Trials
Riccione, ITA
6 Marco
De Tullio
ITA 3:44.74 03/31 2021 Italian Olympic Trials
Riccione, ITA
7 Martin
Malyutin
RUS 3:45.92 04/03 2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kazan, RUS

 

 

Women’s 400m FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • German National Record  – Sarah Köhler, 4:03.96
  • German OLY QT – 4:07.50 (standard has been reached by: Isabel Gose 4:06.11, Leonie Kullmann 4:07.44)

TOP 3

  1. Isabel Gose 4:05,19
  2. Sarah Köhler 4:05,99
  3. Leonie Kullmann 4:06,25

Two women have already broken the 400m freestyle standard in previous Olympic qualifying events: Isabel Gose and Leonie Kullmann. Gose managed to improve her personal best tonight again and set a new German national age group record for the 19-year-olds in 4:05.19. German record holder Sarah Koehler came in second in 4:05.99. With a personal best of 4:06.25, Leonie Kullmann is again under the Olympic standard, but only the third fastest German swimmer. The performances of the three Germans influence the actual World Ranking: Isabel Gose reaches the third place, Sarah Köhler places fifth and Leonie Kullman seventh.

 

Men’s 400m IM – FINAL

  • German National Record – Jacob Heidtmann, 4:12,08
  • German OLY QT – 4:15,00
  1. Jacob Heidtmann, 4:14.00
  2. Danny Schmidt, 4:19,04

Only  two men took up the challenge over the 400m medley. German record holder Jacob Heidtmann, who is already qualified for the Olympic Games, took the victory in 4:14.00. Danny Schmidt finished in 4:19.04, just missing his lifetime best of 4:18.82.

 

 

As a refresher, the Olympic standards, German records, and already qualified swimmers in each Olympic event are as follows:

Women Men
Already qualified for Tokyo German Record German Olympic norm Event German Olympic norm German Record Already qualified for Tokyo
23.73 24.75 50 freestyle 21.95 21.81
52.07 54.10 100 freestyle 48.50 48.24
1:55.68 1:57.20 200 freestyle 1:46.70 1:42.00
4:03.96 4:07.50 400 freestyle 3:46.40 3:40.07
Sarah Köhler 8:16.43 8:30.00 800 freestyle 7:50.00 7:43.03 Florian Wellbrock
Sarah Köhler 15:48.83 16:16.00 1500 freestyle 14:59.00 14:36.15 Florian Wellbrock
1:07.01 1:07.00 100 breaststroke 59.85 59.15
2:25.00 2:24.90 200 breaststroke 2:09.90 2:07.47 Marco Koch
Laura Riedemann 59.77 1:00.00 100 backstroke 53.70 52.27
2:07.63 2:09.50 200 backstroke 1:57.00 1:55.87
57.70 57.90 100 butterfly 51.80 51.19 Marius Kusch
Franziska Hentke 2:05.26 2:08.20 200 butterfly 1:55.04 1:55.76
2:11.33 2:11.90 200 IM 1:59.40 1:55.76 Philip Heintz
4:36.10 4:38.40 400 IM 4:15.00 4:12.08 Jacob Heidtmannn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Math
28 days ago

Eric Friese made the relay

AnEn
28 days ago

The top 4 men had to combine for 3:15.50 or faster in the 100 free to qualify the relay and they combined for 3:15.49 …
Too bad for Josha Salchow who went 48.7 last week, but since it was in prelims, it didn’t count for the relay qualification, so he didn’t make the relay.

AnEn
28 days ago

Women’s 400 IM was the most surprising race for me. Obviously 4:41 isn’t anything extraordinary on a global stage, but it is a huge PB for Herkle (born 2003), which is always nice to see. In the past german swimming usually had the problem that talents stopped improving after becoming too old for the junior level.

Last edited 28 days ago by AnEn
FST
Reply to  AnEn
28 days ago

As we see more kids going to America to swim in college, we might see more of them swim at a really high level past high school. But 400 IM in particular is a young swimmer’s race. It’s so brutal, when you reach the age when it becomes REALLY painful, you have to be a masochist to continue trainig for it and racing it. I don’t know how someone like Katinka does it… but that’s probably why she’s a huge star and I quit on my “400IM hurts like hell”-th birthday. 😀

AnEn
Reply to  FST
28 days ago

It is actually quite the opposite (at least on the women’s side). Every year there are new wonderkids in women’s 400 IM and also women’s 200 fly, but pretty much none of them ever amount to anything at senior level. I think the reason is that you can get quick success in those events with crazy mileage. Later the mileage can’t be increased any more and those talents stall or regress. I think the correct approach is to ease into it and not do too many mileage too early. Belmonte, Hosszu and Margalis all were/are medal contenders in their late 20s or early 30s. Almost every year there is at least one 16/17/18 year old in Germany going between 4:40… Read more »

FST
Reply to  AnEn
28 days ago

I haven’t lived and/or trained in Germany for almost 20 years, so I can’t comment on how things have evolved, but you aren’t wrong. There wasn’t much room for increase in volume when I quit… and pretty much everyone in Germany trained like that. But I still think that the 400IM isn’t generally a race for the 25+ generation, exceptions notwithstanding.
Mireia is 30 now and is obviously past her prime. I’ll agree with you on Melanie and Katinka, but they are exceptions.
Until Katinka, there hadn’t been a woman on the Olympic podium in the 400IM older than 25 since Michelle Smith in ’96 (and we all know that that probably wasn’t a ‘clean’ victory).
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